Danish media: Denmark removes Janssen vaccine from its vaccination program

Johnson - Johnson - Janssen - COVID-19 vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / Mary Altaffer

The Danish Minister of Health has informed the parties in the Danish parliament (Folketing) that the Janssen vaccine will be removed from the vaccine program, Danish media report.

Newspaper Ekstra Bladet writes that the message was issued in a meeting between Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke and the parties in the Danish parliament.

Like AstraZeneca’s vaccine, the Janssen vaccine is also associated with rare but severe cases of blood clots in combination with very low platelet counts.

The vaccine from AstraZeneca has been suspended until further notice, but it is still approved. The Danish Directorate of Health has not ruled out that it could be used again. Ekstra Bladet writes that they do not know if the same will apply to the Janssen vaccine.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has previously written to the EU that the Janssen vaccine could be a “game-changer” because it only requires a single dose.

Vaccination delays

With another vaccine out of the program, it will probably take longer before all adult Danes have been offered a vaccine.

Denmark has bought most Janssen vaccine doses, but it is not clear how much the schedules will be affected by the fact that they will not be used.

Health director Søren Brostrøm has previously said that if the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was dropped, healthy people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s must expect to wait a little longer to receive the vaccine. However, he made it clear that anyone who wants a vaccine will get it – sooner or later.

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